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First U.S. Exhibition of Paintings by Danish Artist Anna Ancher and the Art Colony at Skagen

Dec 12 2012

A World Apart: Anna Ancher and the Skagen Art Colony on view February 15–May 12, 2013.

WASHINGTON—The National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA) presents the first exhibition in the United States to focus on Danish modern painter Anna Ancher (1859–1935) and the artist colony at Skagen, Denmark. A World Apart: Anna Ancher and the Skagen Art Colony, features 41 paintings and oil sketches by Ancher and more than 20 by her fellow Skagen artists.

The close-knit community of artists in Skagen, Ancher’s native town in northern Denmark’s remote Jutland peninsula, included Anna Ancher’s husband, Michael Ancher, and renowned artists P. S. Krøyer and Laurits Tuxen, among others.

An integral figure in their group, Ancher created meditative interior scenes and landscapes, which were singled out by contemporary critics for their deft use of color, lively brushwork, and skilled depiction of northern Denmark’s crystalline light. This exhibition is the first opportunity for American audiences to consider Ancher’s role in the Skagen colony and her place in the history of art.

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